Perform an Environmental Impact Assessment before poisoning Miramichi Lake

Perform an Environmental Impact Assessment before poisoning Miramichi Lake

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Miramichi Lake is a small lake in central New Brunswick that feeds into the Miramichi River. It is a diverse ecosystem of fish, frogs, loons, eagles, rabbits and more - of which 6 species are identified under the NB Species at Risk Act. It is also home to 16 cottages with families of owners and visitors who spend the summers swimming, boating, and enjoying our beautiful lake ecosystem. 

The Atlantic Salmon Federation has lobbied to poison our lake due to the presence of smallmouth bass (SMB) - a fish they deem a predator to salmon populations (unproven). The proposed chemical treatment is called Noxfish Fish Toxicant II - not simply rotenone as they would like you to believe. The natural substance, rotenone, makes up just 5% of the Noxfish solution, along with other harmful chemicals. 4590 gallons of this chemical mixture is slated to be dumped into our lake. Cottage owners have been told they are not allowed to be present during chemical application and will have to deal with thousands of dead fish washing up on our beaches - a safety hazard which will attract bears and more to our cottages - let alone the smell.

We ask for your support in requesting an Environmental Impact Assessment by the province, which was previously deemed unnecessary for the proposed poisoning of our lake. We are formally against the application of Noxfish II in Miramichi Lake, New Brunswick.